The Packard Campus Theater programs events year round, usually on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The schedule for each month is posted approximately two weeks in advance. Short subjects are presented before select programs. Titles are subject to change without notice.
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Thursday, June 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Silent Movie Double Feature
WHISPERING SHADOWS (Peerless Feature, 1921)
After attending a séance, a young couple deals with the question of whether the dead have the power to warn their loved ones of impending danger. This unusual picture took six months to make and is based upon Walter Hackett’s play “The Invisible Foe.” The film was directed by Emile Chautard and stars Lucy Cotton, Charles A. Stevenson, Philip Merivale and Robert Barrat.
Black & white, 70 minutes
THAT MODEL FROM PARIS (Tiffany Productions, 1926)
This rarely seen film is a Cinderella story where a plain-looking cashier is compelled to pose as a model from Paris who knows no English while working in a fashionable salon. Based upon the short story “The Right to Live” by Governeur Morris, this comedy was directed by Louis J. Gasnier. It stars Marceline Day, Bert Lytell, Ward Crane and Eileen Percy. Both films will be shown in rare 28 mm prints and will be introduced by Dino Everett, archivist of the Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive at USC. Live musical accompaniment will be provided by Andrew Simpson on the Walker theater organ.
Black & white, 70 minutes
Friday, June 17 (7:30 p.m.)
HUSBANDS AND WIVES (Gaumont, 1920)
A pampered Northern heiress marries a young Southerner who is proud of his heritage and his hard work ethic. She loves beautiful gowns and excitement, and has difficulty conforming to his idea of what a wife should be. Directed by Joseph Levering, the film stars Vivian Martin and Hugh Thompson. Two short films will be shown before the feature: Georges Méliès' “The Triple Headed Lady” (1902) and the latest installment of Eric Grayson’s restoration of “The King of the Kongo, Chapter Six” (1929). Philip Carli will provide live musical accompanied on the Walker theater organ for the silent feature and short.
Black & white, approximately 130 minute program
Saturday, June 18 (7:30 p.m.) – At the State Theatre in Culpeper
Silent Movie Double Feature
THE BRIDE’S PLAY (Paramount, 1922)
Marion Davies stars as Aileen Barrett, an educated Irish lass of refinement, who is well versed in the folk-tales of her native land. Aileen is a sweet, kind-natured girl, helpful to the poor and instructive and gentle to the young. Her father, John Barrett, dies while Aileen is still at school, leaving her a comfortable fortune. Her loveliness attracts both an earnest, rich wooer as well as a young Dublin poet. When the ancient custom of “The Bride’s Play” is revived at her wedding, Aileen must choose between the two men. Directed by George Terwilliger, the romantic drama also features Wyndham Standing, Frank Shannon and Jack O’Brien in the cast. This is the premier screening of a new Library of Congress preservation of this Davies vehicle that William Randolph Hearst produced under his own company, Cosmopolitan Productions.
Black & white, 86 minutes
BELL BOY 13 (Associated First National, 1923)
Harry Elrod is a happy young man who looks forward to marrying his sweetheart and coming into his inheritance. His uncle Ellrey attempts to match him with other less appealing marriage prospects and then disinherits Harry when he is not interested. Harry takes a job at a hotel as a bell hop which causes much chaos to ensue. Directed by William Seiter, this comedy stars Douglas MacLean, Margaret Loomis, and John Steppling. This screening at the State Theatre is open to the public and there will be an admission charge of $10. Tickets will be available at the door.
Black & white, 65 minutes
Friday, June 24 (7:30 p.m.)
THE NORTH STAR (RKO, 1943)
Designed to gather sympathy for the Russian people and strengthen American support for the U.S. government's alliance with the Soviet Union during World War II, Lewis Milestone's 1943 drama focuses on the people of a tranquil Soviet farming collective in 1941 whose lives are shattered following a violent invasion by the Germans. Scripted by Lillian Hellman, with cinematography by James Wong Howe, the film features a stellar cast including Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews, Walter Huston, Erich von Stroheim, Walter Brennan and Farley Granger in his film debut. “The North Star” was condemned by some as Communist propaganda, but it had its supporters among prominent film critics as well. Nominated for six Academy Awards, it is a fascinating blend of politics and melodrama. A comedy short is scheduled to precede the feature.
Black & white, 108 minute feature, plus shorts
Saturday, June 25 (2 p.m.)
RUGGLES OF RED GAP (Paramount, 1935)
Charles Laughton, known for such serious roles as Emperor Nero, King Henry XIII and later as the 1935 Captain Bligh, takes on comedy in this tale of an English manservant won in a poker game by American Charlie Ruggles, a member of Red Gap, Washington's extremely small social elite. Laughton, in understated valet fashion, worriedly responds: "North America, my lord. Quite an untamed country I understand." However, once in America, he finds not uncouth backwoodsmen, but rather a more egalitarian society that soon has Laughton reciting the Gettysburg Address, catching the American spirit and becoming a successful businessman. Aided by comedy stalwarts ZaSu Pitts, Mary Boland and Roland Young, Laughton really shows his acting range and pulls off comedy directed by Leo McCarey perfectly. “Ruggles of Red Gap” was named to the National Film Registry in 2014. A comedy short and a cartoon are scheduled to precede the feature.
Black & white, 90 minute feature plus shorts
Saturday, June 25 (7:30 p.m.)
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Warner Bros., 1951)
In this outstanding production of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize play directed by Elia Kazan, Vivien Leigh portrays the fragile schoolteacher Blanche DuBois who leaves her hometown under mysterious circumstances to stay with her pregnant sister Stella (Kim Hunter) in New Orleans. Marlon Brando gave a stand-out performance as Stella’s brutish husband Stanley who resents Blanche's presence and accuses her of squandering the family inheritance. Nominated for twelve Academy Awards and winner of four, “A Streetcar Named Desire” was added to the National Film Registry in 1999 and the original soundtrack recording from the film with music composed by Alex North was added to the National Recording Registry in 2015.
Black & white, 122 minutes
Thursday, July 7 (7:30 p.m.)
THE GREAT GARRICK (Warner Bros., 1937)
James Whale directed this entertaining fictional comedy set around a real person, the great 18th-century British actor David Garrick. Before Garrick (Brian Aherne) goes to Paris to star at the Comedie Francaise, the most important theatre in France, he is mistakenly quoted as saying that he is “going to France to teach the French how to act.” The actors and director of the Comedie Francaise take this as a serious insult and thus plot to embarrass The Great Garrick with a great prank. Olivia de Havilland co-stars as the love interest with a supporting cast featuring Edward Everett Horton, Melville Cooper, Lionel Atwill and Lana Turner. We will be screening a new 35 mm film print recently produced by the Library of Congress Film Preservation Lab.
Black & white, 89 minutes
Friday, July 8 (7:30 p.m.)
THE KILLING FIELDS (Warner Bros., 1984 – R-rated *)
The true story of New York Times reporter Sidney Schanberg and his Cambodian friend Dith Pran during the U.S. pullout of Vietnam in 1975 and all the horrors that followed. Director Roland Joffe and cinematographer Chris Menges create an intense film experience that is only truly captured by seeing it on the big screen in a theater. The cast includes Sam Waterston, John Malkovich, Spalding Gray and Haing S. Ngor. “The Killing Fields” won 29 major film awards including Oscars for both Haing S. Ngor for Best Supporting Actor and Chris Menges for Best Cinematography. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 141 minutes
Saturday, July 9 (2 p.m.)
JAWS (Universal, 1975)
The original summer blockbuster, “Jaws” set the standard for edge-of-your-seat suspense, quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the movie industry. When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town’s chief of police (Roy Scheider), a young marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Featuring an unforgettable score by John Williams that evokes pure terror, “Jaws” remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film was added to the National Film Registry in 2001.
Color, 124 minutes
Saturday, July 9 (7:30 p.m.)
THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (Zeitgeist Films, 1964)
An angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve was launched to stardom by this dazzling musical heart-tugger from director Jacques Demy. Deneuve plays an umbrella-shop owner’s delicate daughter, glowing with first love for a handsome garage mechanic, played by Nino Castelnuovo. When the boy is shipped off to fight in Algeria, the two lovers must grow up quickly. Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colors, and told entirely through the lilting songs of the great composer Michel Legrand, “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” is one of the most revered and unorthodox movie musical dramas of all time. Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival, the film is in French with English subtitles.
Color, 91 minutes
Thursday, July 14 (7:30 p.m.)
FOUR’S A CROWD (Warner Bros., 1938)
The four in the screwball comedy “Four’s a Crowd” are a quartet of Warner Bros. biggest stars of 1938: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Rosalind Russell and Patric Knowles. Michael Curtiz directed the fast-paced romance that finds Flynn as a publicity agent hired to stir up "good press" for a nasty millionaire (Walter Connolly). Along the way he takes a job as an editor at a newspaper owned by Knowles, romances both de Havilland, who plays Connolly's daughter, and Russell, a star reporter. We will be screening a new 35 mm film print recently produced by the Library of Congress Film Preservation Lab.
Black & white, 92 minutes
Friday, July 15 (7:30 p.m.)
BLACK NARCISSUS (Universal, 1947)
This explosive work about the conflict between the spirit and the flesh is the epitome of the sensuous style of the British film-making team Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. A group of nuns—played by some of Britain’s finest actresses, including Deborah Kerr, Kathleen Byron, and Flora Robson—struggle to establish a convent in the Himalayas, while isolation, extreme weather, altitude, and culture clashes all conspire to drive the well-intentioned missionaries mad. A darkly grand film that won Oscars for Alfred Junge’s art direction and Jack Cardiff’s cinematography, “Black Narcissus” is one of the greatest achievements by two of cinema’s true visionaries.
Color, 100 minutes
Saturday, July 16 (2 p.m.)
A LITTLE PRINCESS (Warner Bros., 1995)
In this sumptuous adaptation of the beloved children's classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett set during WWI, a young girl reared in the jungles of India lives an enchanted life filled with wealth, exotic adventures and a father's love. But when tragedy strikes, she must rely on her will and imagination to relive the joy of her wondrous childhood. From Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón (“Gravity,” “Children of Men,” “Harry Potter and The Prisoner Of Azkaban”), the film was critically acclaimed and garnered Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration. It stars Eleanor Bron, Liam Cunningham (in a dual role), and Liesel Matthews as Sara Crewe.
Color, 97 minutes
Saturday, July 16 (7:30 p.m.)
MONSOON WEDDING (USA Films, 2001– R-rated *)
Cultures and families clash in director Mira Nair’s beloved, insightful, energetic blend of Hollywood and Bollywood styles. The exuberant and colorful “Monsoon Wedding” is a mix of comedy and chaotic melodrama; a celebration of modern-day India, family, love, and life concerning the preparations for the arranged marriage of a modern upper-middle-class Indian family’s only daughter, Aditi (Vasundhara Das). The film won the Golden Lion Award, the highest prize given to a film at the Venice Film Festival, for director Mira Nair. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 114 minutes
Thursday, July 21 (7:30 p.m.)
THE SANTA FE TRAIL (Warner Bros., 1940)
After graduating from West Point, Jeb Stuart (Errol Flynn) and George Custer (Ronald Reagan) are both stationed to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. Once there, they find that the abolitionist John Brown (Raymond Massey) is killing those who get in the way of his anti-slavery crusade. While the duo must work together to battle the revolutionary, they also come to blows over their competing love for Kit Carson Holliday (Olivia de Havilland). Michael Curtiz directed this entertaining action drama based on historical events that climaxes with the attack at Harper’s Ferry, VA. Among the stellar supporting cast are Alan Hale, Ward Bond and Van Heflin. We will be screening a new 35 mm film print recently produced by the Library of Congress Film Preservation Lab.
Black & white, 110 minutes
Friday, July 22 (7:30 p.m.)
TALK TO HER (Sony Pictures Classics, 2002– R-rated *)
Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar’s Oscar-winning film (for Best Writing, Original Screenplay) redefines love in all its weird and surprising permutations with this characteristically eccentric tale involving a lady bullfighter, a male nurse, a ballet dancer and a journalist with hyperactive tear ducts. A deliciously precarious balance between comedy and drama, “Talk to Her” is ultimately a tribute to the balm that words provide, the infinite variations of rending compassion and artistry, and the ease with which it invites tears or laughter along with the hypnotic quality of the storytelling. Almodovar also received an Oscar nomination for Best Direction. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color and Black & white, 112 minutes
Saturday, July 23 (2 p.m.)
THE SECRET GARDEN (Warner Bros., 1995)
In this story based on the classic family novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, a young girl sent to live in her uncle's forbidding Victorian manor discovers an invalid cousin and a garden that has fallen into disrepair. As the two children nurture their secret place, they discover wonder, power and magic within the garden. Produced by Francis Ford Coppola (“The Godfather,” “Apocalypse Now”) and directed by multi-award winning Polish director Agnieszka Holland, the film stars Kate Maberly as Mary Lennox and Maggie Smith, who was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mrs. Medlock.
Color, 101 minutes
Saturday, July 23 (7:30 p.m.)
UNDERGROUND (New Yorker Films, 1995)
Winner of the highest honor at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, the Palm D’Or, director Emir Kusturica's epic black comedy about Yugoslavian gun-runners and racketeers was called “Delirious in its excess, but never less than ferociously intelligent and operatically emotional” by Dave Kerr in his New York Daily News review. He went on to say “’Underground’ represents one of those rare, exhilarating moments when an outsize artistic vision is fueled by an apparently unlimited budget. Not to be missed!!” In Serbian, German, French, English and Russian with English subtitles. Not rated, but contains adult subject matter.
Color, 197 minutes
Friday, July 29 (7:30 p.m.)
DENNIS HOPPER DOUBLE FEATURE
THE AMERICAN DREAMER (Corda Productions, 1971)
Filmed after Dennis Hopper’s breakout hit as writer-director and star “Easy Rider,” and in the midst of his soon-to-be tragic follow up “Last Movie,” this barely-released documentary took on added meaning in revealing the excesses that contributed to Hopper’s Wellesian implosion. Situated between a critique and a wake for Hopper's ideals, perhaps we can optimistically see it as a reminder that the perpetual end-of-times cinema it seems to be facing is actually what keeps it going, no matter the dangerous levels of hubris. The hi-def digital copy is on loan from Vinegar Syndrome distribution company and film archive.
Color, 81 minutes
THE LAST MOVIE (Universal, 1971– R-rated *)
Dennis Hopper wrote, directed and stars in this tale of a stunt man working on a Western being shot on location in Peru. When he stays behind after the crew leaves, he discovers that the villagers are ritualistically re-enacting the making of the film--but they don't understand that all the violence they'd seen was make-believe. Seen as an allegory of Hollywood's cultural imperialism, the film won the Critics Prize at the 1971 Venice Film Festival. With Cinematography by American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award Winner László Kovács, the cast also includes Julie Adams, Peter Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, Michelle Phillips and Dean Stockwell. The 35 mm print is courtesy of the Academy Film Archives.*No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 108 minutes
Saturday, July 30 (6 p.m.)
LA BELLE NOISEUSE (MK2 Diffusion, 1991)
A renowned artist (Michel Piccoli) attempted to create his definitive painting of the female form with his wife as his muse. Not finding his voice, he stopped painting altogether. Now, ten years later and at the age of 60, he attempts to finish the art piece with a new muse. Legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa named “La belle noiseuse” as one of his two favorite films made in the 1990s, calling it both the best filmed display of a struggle of an artist doing his craft and a cinematic piece he would have liked to direct himself. This rare screening of Jacques Rivette’s four-hour masterpiece will be presented un-cut with an intermission and on 35mm film. The film won the Grand Prix and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival. It is in French and English with English subtitles. Not rated, but contains adult subject matter.
Color, 238 minutes
Last Updated: 06/13/2016